Media Invitation: Launch Of Seafarers’ Rights International

You are cordially invited to the launch of Seafarers’ Rights International.

The launch will take place at 10.30am
on Thursday, 23 September 2010 (World Maritime Day)
at the International Maritime Organisation
4, Albert Embankment, London SE1 7SR

Seafarers’ Rights International is a unique and independent centre dedicated to advancing seafarers’ rights worldwide.

Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI) will use high level research and analysis to raise awareness of the rights of seafarers. It will promote, disseminate and study the role of national and international law as it affects those working at sea, with the aim of improving their human rights.

Seafarers are highly vulnerable to ill treatment, exploitation, abuse and injustice because they operate across national boundaries. The new centre will also provide education and training to ensure that seafarers are properly protected and supported.

IMO Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos will officially welcome the new centre before David Cockroft, General Secretary of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF);
and Deirdre Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of Seafarers’ Rights International will explain what role it will play in the maritime industry.

Following the launch of Seafarers’ Rights International, the IMO Secretary-General will be presented with an international anti-piracy petition containing more than 500,000 signatures. The petition has been gathered by a wide range of maritime organisations under the heading “Enough is Enough”. The petition calls on Governments to do everything possible to protect the thousands of seafarers and the hundreds of ships at risk of attack by pirates. For more information see www.itfseafarers.org/petition
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** Please note that the IMO requires each guest to provide photographic identification as part of its security checks. Please arrive in plenty of time to allow for security checks. Refreshments will be served from 10am.

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